National Silent Movie Day: The Man with a Movie Camera
(Chelovek s kinoapparatom)
Dziga Vertov’s experimental silent documentary upends reality in ways that are still dizzying, thrilling and strangely sexy.Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Witty, sassy, and with an infectious joie de vivre, The Man with a Movie Camera demonstrates Dziga Vertov’s “kino-eye” theory, endowing the camera with the flexibility of the human eye and the associative powers of a poet’s brain. An ecstatic portrait of a city and its inhabitants (really three cities—Moscow, Kiev, and Odessa merged), it is a compendium of extravagant camera and editing techniques, forever commenting on itself and our own watching. Appropriately, the camera-hero takes a bow at the end.
“At once a Whitman-esque documentary-portrait of the Soviet people, a self-reflexive essay on cinematic representation, and an ode to the transformative power of human labor, this fantastically cross-referenced, cubo-kaleidoscopic city symphony took parallel action to the third—or fourth—dimension.” —J. Hoberman, Village Voice